Ted Cruz slams CDC over new mask guidelines for vaccinated Americans: Senator says the agency is ‘acting like an arm of the DNC’ and its credibility ‘is in tatters’
- Sen. Ted Cruz called out the CDC over their guidelines that saying vaccinated Americans should wear masks indoors
- Cruz called the guidelines ‘absurd’ and said the CDC’s ‘credibility is in tatters’
- He also argued that the CDC, along with the Democratic party, was handling COVID issues as matters of politics instead of safety
- The CDC’s new guidance comes as the Delta variant of COVID continues to rise in the US
Senator Ted Cruz criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over new mask guidelines for vaccinated Americans, calling it ‘absurd’ and asserting that the agency’s ‘credibility is in tatters’.
During a Wednesday interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Cruz took aim at the governmental agency as well as the Democratic party, saying since the beginning of the pandemic they treated COVID-19 as a ‘matter of politics’.
‘The CDC has destroyed their credibility. A year and a half ago the CDC was one of the most respected scientific organizations in the world and they allowed themselves to be politicized—with Dr. Fauci at the helm of the politicization— and right now their credibility is in tatters because they behave more like an arm of the DNC than an actual, serious medical and scientific organization,’ Cruz said.
His statement comes just one day after the CDC released new guidance suggesting that fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Senator Ted Cruz criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) over new mask guidelines for vaccinated Americans, calling it ‘absurd’ and asserting that the agency’s ‘credibility is in tatters’
Sen. Ted Cruz criticized the CDC over their new mask guidelines for vaccinated Americans, calling it ‘absurd’ and arguing that the organization’s ‘credibility is in tatters’
The CDC, citing concerns over the rising Delta variant of COVID-19, said that although only a small portion of people who are fully vaccinated have gotten infected with the variant, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated individuals who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the it to others.
‘It’s pure politics,’ Cruz told Hannity. ‘You know what? Yesterday vaccines worked. Today they still work but, as a political matter, the Democrats decided they want to control your lives. They want everyone to wear a mask.’
Cruz continued, saying that the Democratic party treated all pandemic concerns politically, citing how shutting down schools reportedly hurt children and arguing those who chose to go to church were persecuted for practicing their faith.
The senator claimed these were decisions were acts of ‘political agenda instead of common sense to keep us safe’.
He said the federal government shouldn’t have COVID-related mandates, indirectly commenting on how the White House and House of Representatives reinstated their mask mandates in wake of the CDC’s new guidance.
Cruz’s comments come just one day after the CDC released new guidance advising that vaccinated individuals wear masks inside
Cruz said believes that every American should decided which COVID-19 precautions are best for themselves and their families, including getting vaccinated or wearing masks (file photo of masked shoppers in California)
‘My view is real simple: We shouldn’t have federal government mandates on COVID. That means no mask mandates,’ he said. ‘That means no vaccine mandates. That means no vaccine passports. This should be a question of individual choice.’
Cruz believes that every American should decided which COVID-19 precautions are best for themselves and their families.
‘Now look, personally, I’ve gotten the vaccine. My family has gotten the vaccine. That’s the choice we made, but I also believe in individual freedom and responsibility,’ he said.
‘It’s your choice to decide what’s right for you and what’s right for your family and you don’t need a bunch of meddling bureaucrats from Washington setting a mandate and deciding you have to do this to go to work, to go to school, to get on a plane, to live.’
The CDC’s guidance comes as COVID cases continue to rise in the US